I had spotted the Wedge-tailed Eagle moments earlier, high in the sky above the swamp. My attention though was on a small party of Purple Swamphens, recent arrivals to the filling wetland, clucking away deep in the lignum.
Then, as if from nowhere, the eagle was in the centre of my view, hovering ‘kestrel like’ less than a metre above the lignum, as the swamphens sounded the alarm. With surprising agility the massive raptor remained hovering for at least a minute, before alighting on one of the clumps of lignum.
A party of ravens appeared and eventually persuaded the eagle to depart. An unsuccessful foray on this occasion but a demonstration of its extraordinary hunting ability nonetheless.
Note: The materials in its talons and beak are, I suspect, from a recent successful kill.